Spain and its industry are on the same level as France and Germany in the future European combat air system NGWS FCAS

The contract for the integration of the Spanish industry in research and development in the future European combat air system (NGWS / FCAS) was signed. The award of the industrial contract for the integration of Spanish companies in the remaining activities of phase 1A of research, development and technological demonstration of the NGWS / FCAS was announced last Wednesday.

It is a continuation of the award of the industrial contract of last November for the start of the R&D activities of the sensor column under the direction of the Indra company under the Consolidated Implementation Contract No. 2. The latter was signed last October 16 by the Secretary of State for Defense of Spain, Germany and France. This contract enables Spanish companies to participate in the following pillars:

Pillar 1 of the New Generation Fighter, NGF, led by AIRBUS DS SAU

Pillar 2 of the NGF engine, led by ITP Aero

Pillar 3 of the Remote Operators (RC), led by the consortium of the companies SATNUS (integrated by GMV, SENSER and TECNOBIT)

Pillar 4 of the Combat Cloud, Pillar 5 of system integration and system simulators – SoS and coherence between the pillars managed by INDRA.

Pillar 7 of Low Observability Technologies, also commanded by AIRBUS DS SAU, which is also an international leader.

This contract allows Spanish industry to participate in any ongoing activity of the NGWS / FCAS program and represents a fundamental milestone for Spain to participate in the program. After Spain and its industry have come a long way by signing the Memorandum of Understanding in early 2019 they are on par with their colleagues in France and Germany in this important national and continental challenge.

The NGWS / FCAS, which was declared a state program due to its strategic importance, offers a unique opportunity not only to secure the capabilities of the armed forces in the long term, but also due to the need to accelerate the technological development of the defense industry sector. Applies to many other productive areas and is therefore fundamental in the current scenario. The next goal of the NGWS / FCAS program is to complete the negotiations on the following Phases 1B and 2 for the maturation and demonstration of the technologies to be developed from mid-2021 to 2027.

Photo: Miguel Martnez

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